Today, we’re going to reveal the difference between toning, weight loss & muscle gain. Once you understand how these elements of getting fit differ, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how all three of them play a role in achieving a healthier and fitter life. Without further ado, let’s review and learn about each component.
What is Toning?
Toning is all about a leaner, fitter, more ripped looking body. Simply put, there are two aspects to toning your body. The first is working out muscles so that they are tighter and stronger. While the second is losing fat around your muscles so that your muscles look more ripped and defined.
If you want to tone your body, you’ll find that certain forms of exercise and diets are very effective. All exercise will help, but particular workouts, such as Pilates and Yoga, are known for their ability to give muscles a nice, lean, toned look. As well, lifting weights or any kind of resistance training will help strengthen muscle. Resistance training may also build muscle. Some people want bigger muscles and some don’t. If you do, weight-lifting will be a great idea. If you don’t, Pilates will help you tone without adding too much bulk.
While exercise is important to toning your body, so is your diet. Diets aimed at toning your body can be different to a standard weight loss diet. Instead of just focusing on the goal of losing weight, toning focuses on both weight loss and strengthening your muscles. To help strengthen your muscles, higher levels of protein need to be consumed while still keeping your total calorie intake low (below your maintenance calories). Diets aimed at toning often revolve around high protein meals such as chicken, red meat, beans or even supplementing certain types of protein powder like this popular one.
Weight Loss is Fat Reduction
If you want to reduce fat, weight loss is the answer. You probably have a pretty good idea of what weight loss is already! After all, it’s kind of an obsession in our culture. But for those that don’t quite understand it, weight loss happens when we take in fewer calories than we burn.
When you start a weight loss diet you’ll need to carefully monitor your calorie intake. First find your maintenance calories (the amount of calories you can eat to maintain your body weight) then deduct 300 to 400 calories from that figure. This resulting number is the amount of calories you can eat each day while losing weight. To almost guarantee weight loss, follow this figure by tracking your daily intake and try to exercise at least two to three times a week.
What is Muscle Gain?
Muscle gain is an increase in muscle mass. To gain muscle, you should start lifting weights and begin to eat more protein. While it is possible to gain muscle through other forms of resistance exercise, in order to get the best results you should stick to lifting weights. In fact it is the most effective way to spark growth in your muscles.
If your goal is to build more muscle then start going to the gym and performing compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench press and overhead barbell press. Additionally, make sure that you get enough protein in your diet, as protein combined with resistance exercise is the key to developing bigger muscles.